Spring 2017

Hello to you from Nungesser Lake Lodge!

We are hoping that this letter finds you well. With the crazy weather, we have been having at home and seeing everywhere we travel you really don’t know what to dress for. We have had warm days that break the temperature records and the next day driving snow and freezing rain. Highways have been closed and school buses cancelled many times this winter already. Also, the people who have gotten sick say that it is really bad and lasts a long time. Sure hoping it all straightens out by the time spring comes to us.

The 2017 Walleye season starts May 20, 2017, the first day for guests to come in is Friday, May 19, 2017. Some of our groups for the busy weeks in June and July have had cancellations or have been rescheduled, if there is a week that you might be wanting please let us know.

If anyone is interested in a Spring bear Hunt which starts May 15, 2017 we will need to have four hunters, we will not be baiting or preparing for any less that that number. The first week that hunters could come to camp would be May 19, 2017. If someone is interested in hunting in the Fall this year please feel free to contact us, if no one wants to hunt in the Spring we will have 4 tags available for the fall bear hunt which begins August 15, 2017. All other tags have been taken. All hunters MUST take the bear meat and hide home with them at time of their departure.

If someone is interested in Spring bear hunting next season we will need a minimum of four hunters before we set up baiting.

We are in the middle of building a walk-in cooler/freezer to make the bear processing easier. Partly due to the large number of hunters this year, but also to have extra storage room for groceries, etc.

Once again there is an issue with the poultry items from the States to be brought into Canada. To the best of our knowledge there is no other ban in effect. More information can be found by going on the website of www.inspection.gc.ca

Last year one of our guests saw a pelican on Nungesser and showed us the picture. It will be interesting to see if this poor guy was just a one off stray or if he will come back this year.

In mid January, we attended the Chicago St. Charles All Canada show. We have not been there in quite a while and we were happy to visit with the people we have been missing.

The next weekend we went to the All Canada Sport show in Green Bay. For such a small venue, there were certainly a large amount of people that attended the show. That was until Sunday when the Packers played the Atlanta Falcons. Even the bartenders at the event packed up before the end of the show so that they could watch the game.

We also attended the Minneapolis All Canada show in Shakopee. This is another place that we haven’t been to in a while. The attendance was pretty low for the event. There is a Mid-west sport show in Minneapolis later in the year. We might consider going to this one next year.

The last sport show of the year was in Omaha. When we got there the temperatures were in the mid 70’s and the police department had several motorcycles out doing patrols. The next day we had the freezing rain/snow/high wind combination. Despite this there was a great attendance both Saturday and Sunday.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to visit us at the shows. If anyone has any suggestions for next year we would be happy to look into them.

We are in the process of switching four of the G3’s for Lund Outfitter upgrade boats. The 40 HP Yamaha motors will be switched over to the new boats.

From now on there will be no smoking in any of the cabins, fish house or TV room. All smoking will have to be done outside, on the decks and every cabin is equipped with a “butt pot” on the deck to deposit finished cigarettes.

The rate for the Deluxe cabins has increased to $885.00 for an adult on the 6 day, 7 night package, $545.00 for a child the same length of time. $820.00 for an adult on the 4 day, 5 night package, $455.00 for the child. All of the Deluxe cabins will be equipped with a dishwasher this year.

All other rates remain the same. Now is an ideal time to travel in Canada as the Canadian Dollar is very low compared to the US dollar. The price of gas is low as well, so now is the good time for you to take advantage of this situation.

We are changing the Lodge cabin into a Deluxe with a screened in deck, living room furniture, portable air conditioner, dish washer and their own Satellite TV.

Our last week of season will be September 8 to 15, 2017.

On December 21, 2016 Doug’s youngest son JD and his partner Holly made us grandparents again to a baby boy. Doug’s second son Nick and his partner Ashley are going to have a baby any time soon. Another generation to teach to love and enjoy fishing.

If you can think of anyone who might like this newsletter, please let us know or forward it to them.

Fall 2016

Hello to you from Nungesser Lake Lodge!

The 2016 Walleye fishing season opened on May 20, the opening date was late this year as it is every seven years. Between this and the early ice out the fish had already changed their location from where people had expected them to be. Once they were found the fishing was phenomenal and stayed that way for the rest of the season. There was a very short (only a couple of days) May fly hatch in July and the walleyes were hungry. Many large fish were caught and released and many groups reported catching a large number of fish.

2016 was the first time in 16 years that Ontario had a Spring Bear Hunt. However, it was only announced the end of April so we chose to forgo the Spring Bear hunt for this season. Three of our four fall bear hunters got their animal, but they only had a limited time available to be at camp.

Next year the Spring Bear Hunt will be on from May 1 to June 15, 2017. The Fall bear hunting season begins August 15, 2017. Most of the bear tags for that year are already called for but we do have a few available.

We said "congratulations" to Kody and Devinne when she said "YES" to the proposal made right on the dock at the camp. They are considering coming back for their honeymoon next year.

The Staff cabin, cabin 5 and 6 were all shingled this year. That leaves only Cabin 8 to be done and then every building will have a new roof. The river landing was torn out and re-built using treated lumber and this should last a long time.

There will be a few changes in 2017. Just like in restaurants, work vehicles or hotel rooms there will be no more smoking inside the cabins or TV room.

The Lodge cabin will be turned into a Deluxe cabin. Air conditioning, living room furniture, a Satellite TV and a screened in deck will be added. We are adding other amenities to the Deluxe cabins including dish washers. The rate for the Deluxe cabins will be going up $20.00 per person. All other rates will remain the same.

There are going to be many changes in our lives too. Doug's son JD and Holly are going to make us grandparents some time around Christmas. As well, Doug's son Nick and Ashley are expecting the end of March. We can't wait - The more the merrier!

Initially when we bought the new G3 Yamaha boats everyone really loved them. Now that they are a few years old they do not seem to perform as well as the new Lund Outfitters we bought last year. Because of this we will be changing over as many G3's to the Lunds as we can.

We will be attending the Chicago All-Canada Sport show at Pheasant Run resort in St. Charles, from January 12 to 17, 2017. After that we go directly to the Green Bay, Wisconsin All-Canada show at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center from January 19 to 22, 2017. On February 9 to 13, 2017 we will be the Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota for the last All-Canada show for the season. More information can be found on-line by going to: www.allcanada.com.

After this we will be attending the Omaha Boat, Sports and Travel show at the Century Link Center in Omaha, Nebraska the week of February 23 to 26, 2017. Our booth number will be 1037 and more information can be accessed at: www.omahasportandtravelshow.com.

If you know of someone who may be interested in receiving this newsletter please let us know or forward it on. Thank you!

Spring 2016

Hello to you from Nungesser Lake Lodge!

We are hoping that this letter finds you well.

This winter a group of people from all over including the UK and Australia were taught a bushcraft course by a UK instructor at Nungesser Lake Lodge. They snowshoed in from the main road and spent 7 days learning such things as how to make wooden lean-to shelters (where they spent on 30 below night out in) as well as ice fishing tip-ups, buck saws, and pull-behind sleighs. They set snares, and made dug out shelters using just snow. They tried their hand at ice fishing and we came to find out that the ice is not as thick this year as it has been in other years. This might have been a good thing as they were using a hand auger to drill through the ice.

The 2016 Walleye season starts May 21, 2016, the first day for guests to come in is Friday, May 20, 2016. This is later than normal and something that happens every seven years or so. We will make sure that you get the correct dates for your fishing trip.

For the first time in over six years the US exchange rate is very good. This means that your vacation dollars go further. Added to the fact that the gas prices are also incredibly low this means that it is a great time to be vacationing in Canada.

For the first time in 15 years Ontario will host a Spring Bear Hunt from May 1 to June 15, 2016. Unfortunately this information was not given until too late in the year so we have already booked up those weeks up with fishing groups. We will be offering the Spring Bear hunt in 2017.

The fall bear hunt season begins August 13, 2016. We still have some openings left so please let us know if you are interested. This is a couple of days earlier than other years.

A lot of people we spoke to at sport shows are under the impression that it is difficult to bring a firearm into Canada for the bear hunts. We have found that this is not the case. More information is available on the Canada Border services web site of www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca or you can go directly to: http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publicat... that should answer all your questions. Another good link for information is: www.ezbordercrossing.com . We also have important links on our web site of www.nungesserlake.com.

Crossbows are legal to bring in. There is no extra paperwork for you to bring these in. They must have a minimum 119 pounds draw weight for moose and bear, 99 pounds for deer. However, crossbows shorter than 500 mm or which can be fired with one hand are banned in Canada. More information can be found at: www.mnr.gov.on.ca

The passport issue was brought up quite a few times. You do not need a passport to get into Canada but you were required to provide citizenship and identification documents to get to Canada. Depending on how you are traveling back to the United States, you will need to provide much of the same documentation to return to the U.S. after your trip.

If you are returning to the U.S. by land, you must provide citizenship. This includes a valid U.S. passport, passport card, enhanced driver's license, a trusted traveler card such as NEXUS, or a Native American Tribal Photo Identification or Enhanced Tribal Card for Native Americans. If you are returning to the U.S. from Canada by air, you can only use a U.S. Passport as proof of citizenship. More information can be found at: www.uspassporthelpguide.com

If you buy poultry or eggs in the U.S., make sure you have proof that they originate from and were purchased in a state other than those under restriction. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has implemented measures to protect Canada's poultry resources from an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza reported in poultry in the following states: Indiana, Missouri, North Dakota.

Travellers should know that, due to this outbreak, all raw poultry and all poultry products and by-products that are not fully cooked, including eggs and raw pet foods, sourced, processed, or packaged from the above states are under restriction until further notice. You may not bring these items into Canada.

To the best of our knowledge there is no other ban in effect. More information can be found by going on the website of www.inspection.gc.ca

This year Cathy attended the Ford Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show from February 24 to 28, 2016. This was our third year there and attendance was lower than in previous years

Doug went to the Omaha Boat, Sport and Travel show from February 25 to 28, 2016. It was well attended and because interest was high we are planning on going next year.

The 76th annual Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show on March 2 to 6, 2016 was also well attended and will continue to be on our circuit.

For the first time ever we attended the International Sportsman Expo in Scottsdale, Arizona from March 10 to 13, 2016. We found that most of the people that we talked to that are in Scottsdale that time of year are from the Northern States or Canada.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to visit us at the shows. If anyone has any suggestions for next year we would be happy to look into them.

If you can think of anyone who might like this newsletter please let us know or forward it to them.

Fall 2015

hello to you from Nungesser Lake Lodge 2008 Ltd.

The weather was on our side for Opening week as the ice had gone out completely by May 4, 2015.  The water was very low the first couple of weeks but after a goodly amount of rain in June it was right back up to normal.  By the end of the year it was actually up by about a foot.  Rubber boots were needed to take the trail into Farrer Lake.  The number of fish caught and released was exceptional.

The largest walleye reported to us was caught by Cody Corfits and was 30 inchs long.  The largest Northern was 51 inches.  The measuring tape and trough in the boats were not large enough to accommodate the fish so he measured it alongside of a paddle and then checked back at camp.  This monster fish was caught and released in North Bay.  Both fish can be seen on our Facebook page.

For those of you who remember Doug's son "Bugsy" (Ryan) he became a dad on June 11, 2015 to Curran Duncan Van Dusen who arrived at 12:20 am, 7 pounds 15 ounces, 21 inches long.  First eagerly awaited grandson for Ryan and Cari-Ann's families.

Four new 17.5 Lund Outfitter upgrade boats arrived for the week of June 12, 2015 and proved to be quite popular with groups who requested them.  This brings the number of upgrades available to twelve.  We have ordered eight new 18 foot Alumarines for the 25 HP motors for next season which will mean that every boat and motor in camp will be three years old or less.

Our provider for Wi-Fi and telephone had a major upgrading of equipment in July and service was greatly improved.  The telephone was clear and the Wi-Fi had a much stronger signal.  The system is still susceptible to weather patterns but works much better than it used to.

Three charcoal grills were placed around camp and they got a lot of use.  We will be adding a cover to them that will help with cooking out in the rain.  The fish cookers had been moved off of the decks for safety reasons.

Deluxe cabin 8 got new (to us) living room and dining room furniture in order to better accommodate the number of people that the cabin can hold.  A new rocking chair for Jon and several other amenities were also put in.

A new river landing on the camp side has been planned for next season.  The lumber that had been placed there in 2009 all needs replacing.  A longer, wider deck will be installed for easier handling and loading.

We have received an NSF check back this year for a two people trip from a new guest.  Also, we had one person who has come to camp several times that said he forgot his checkbook and has never paid us for his three person trip.  We have contacted both of these persons several times and have yet to get any money from either of them.  This is very disheartening and may lead to changes in how we accept final payments.  If you cannot afford the trip or have other pressing financial issues PLEASE do not come to camp.  You must understand that this may be your holiday but it is unfair to our business and what we dependupon for our living.

This year we had a total of 9 bear hunters, all of whom were successful.  One hunter chose to take a 20 minute video of his bear rather than shoot it.  The second of the color phase bears was harvested but there is still a fully cinnamon colored bear out there.

Also found on our trail cameras was an extremely large bear who only came to feed at night.  This is probably why he got so big but he would be a challenge for any hunter.  Pictures of him can be seen on Facebook.

Once again we will be attending the Ford Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel show held at the Indiana State Fair grounds but ONLY for the dates of February 24 to 28, 2016 during the Deer, Turkey and Waterfowl portion of the show.  Our booth number is C-154.  Morne information can be obtained at www.indianapolisboatsportandtravelshow.com.

One of the new sport shows will be the Omaha Boat, Sports and Travel show at the Century Link Center in Omaha the week of February 25 to 28, 2016.  Our booth number will be 1037 and more information can be obtained by accessing www.omahasportandtravelshow.com. 

These two shows run at the same time but either one of us or our representatives will attend at both locations.

Once again we will be at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sport show which is on March 2 to 6, 2016.  We have been assigned booth #436 which is the same place as the last years.  You can check out the show by going to www.milwaukeesportsshow.com  and following the links.  This is being held at the Wisconsin State Fair Park Exposition Center in West Allis, Wisconsin.

The last sport show that we will be attending will be in Scottsdale, Arizona from March 10 to 13, 2016.  The Inernational Sportsman Expo will be held in the West World of Scottsdale on 16601 Pima Road.  We will be in booth #514 and more information can be obtained at www.sportsexpo.com and clicking onto "Scottsdale".  We have never gone to this show before and are excited to be trying these new locations.

There will be no price increase for the 2016 season.  The rates shown on the web site of www.nungesserlake.com are what will be charged. 

If you have any fantastic pictures of your trip to Nungesser please feel free to share them with us and others on our Facebook page.

2015 marked our eighth year in business.  Time flies when you are having fun!  Barring any unforeseen circumstances or health issues we plan on continuing this adventure for quire some time yet.

We will be at home for most of the winter until we begin to attend Sport Shows starting mid-February 2016 but can always be contacted by calling our cell number of 1-807-728-2368 or e-mailing to our address of info@nungesserlake.com.

If you know of someone who may be interested in receiving this newsletter please let us know or forward it on.

Thank you!

Spring 2015

Hello to you from  Nungesser Lake Lodge 2008 Ltd

It has been a long, cold winter indeed.  The temperatures have been going up and down in a wide swing between with great frequency.  Quite a few people have been sick this winter (or sick of winter) due to the extremes.

There are only about two feet of ice on the lake with several feet of snow on top of this. Hopefully, this should make for a quick ice out this spring.  Some of the drifts between cabins are over six feet high.   But at least it is not like they have in Boston. 

You will be happy to hear that the construction on the Nungesser bridge is complete so no more traffic delays on either side.  During the winters the road gets heavily used by trucks to deliver goods to the Northern reserves. 

Last winter the TV show “Ice Road Truckers” aired several episodes featuring our area.  This reality TV program can be found on the History channel.  

Thank you to everyone who took the time to see us at the Duluth, Indianapolis and Milwaukee Sport shows.  Some to take a brochure, some to share some stories or to catch us up on their lives since the last time we saw them.   

At times the weather was terrible and we appreciate you travelling for several hours to join us at the shows.  That being said, the last day of the Milwaukee show it was 46 degrees.  People must be tough around there as we saw quite a few people out with shorts and T-shirts on.  

For those of you who may remember Doug’s oldest son Ryan who worked at the Lodge for many years (who was nicknamed “Bugsy”) he and his wife are making Doug a first time grandfather (Opa) sometime around the first week of June.  All signs indicate that they are having a boy.  Let the spoiling begin! 

There is more good news with an increase in the US exchange which means your US dollars will go farther in Canada once again.  Also, so far the price of gas is down, so hopefully it will continue into the summer.  Due partly to this information there will be no price increase for the season. 

We have purchased a new generator for the camp and will use the one we purchased seven years ago as our back-up.  We have taken out the big 50 KW Diesel generator for the smaller, more fuel-efficient one. 

New LED lights were purchased for the sides of the pontoon boat for easier travel in low light conditions.  This will help with early morning check-out and during bear hunting season.

We have found more information about being able to use the enhanced driver’s license to return to the US from Canada by land or sea travel.  The States that currently allow their usage are Michigan, New York, Vermont, Washington and Minnesota. In those States it is only a few selectlocationsthat have the capability of issuing the cards.   You must be 18 to apply and various other conditions must be met. 

There is also a passport card available that qualifies for land and sea travel between Canada and the States. This card is available for all US citizens in any State and can be used by younger children.    Neither the enhanced driver’s license nor the passport card have been approved for use in air travel.  More information on either of these cards is available at www.dmv.org.

Doug will be making two charcoal grills to be placed at both ends of camp.  We will have charcoal briquettes for purchase or you may bring your own.  The propane grills will still be on your decks.  

New lake maps have been created to include more detail on the Nungesser River and other updated information.  If you would like a copy please let us know. 

There are now two openings for bear hunters the week of August 14 to 21, 2015.  There are several openings available for the following weeks.   Please call or e-mail us for further information. 

Walleye season opens officially on May 16 with the first guests arriving May 15, 2015.  Our season concludes the week of September 11 to 18, 2015. 

We have been thinking about adding a few new and different locations to our sport show circuit.  Please feel free to forward any suggestions to us that you think would be good to go to.  So far we have heard about Sioux Falls, Minneapolis, La Crosse, Omaha and Fargo.  Any input into these and other shows would be appreciated. 

If you know of someone who may be interested in receiving this newsletter please let us know or forward it on.

We want to give Thanks to everyone who recommend our place to others.  To the people who post photos on their office wall, share stories with co-workers and friends or chat people up at a gas station along the way, we really appreciate the endorsement.

It is an honor to have you choose Nungesser Lake Lodge as the place to come together year after year with family and friends to create life long memories. 

Doug and Cathy

Fall 2014

Hello to you from  Nungesser Lake Lodge 2008 Ltd

Opening week was stressful again this year as the ice did not leave the lake until May 22 and not all parts were open until a couple of days after that.  After last year’s late ice out many people waited until our second week of season before coming into camp.  Fishing was phenomenal and many people have told us it was the best they have ever seen. 

The water was high at the beginning of the year and this helped with fewer lower units and props having to be replaced.  We and one other camp placed markers in new and other older “popular” spots to help with navigation.  Because the water was so high many of the usual problem areas were now safely under water but the rocks usually up on top of the water became new hazards. 

The new Boat cache on Farrer Lake was popular and people found it held many smaller Northerns quite a few walleye and the occasional perch.  Because that lake is strictly catch and release they are all still there for you to try next year. 

Four regular boats have been replaced this year and there will be another four replaced next year.  We have a total of eight of the upgrade boats and if you would like to book these it is better to do so as soon as you decide you might like to have them.  Some weeks all of the upgrades are already booked out.

We all had to contend with the construction on the Nungesser Bridge all summer long with up to one hour delays.  It was particularly frustrating on the days that we had to go back and forth and ended up getting stopped every time.  However, they did not usually start until everyone had already left camp early on Friday mornings.  It was completed a couple of days after we closed camp on September 20, 2014.

The biggest change this year was having Doug around the camp full time.  He had officially retired from his other job April of this year after almost twenty nine years there.  Many outstanding projects were completed and others are getting closer to being finished.   The new kitchen cupboards were put in Cabins 1 and 2.  The ceiling in Cabin 1 has been paneled.  The fish house and various other buildings got levelled.  One of the tasks we are planning on completing next year is putting electric outlets in all of the bedrooms and bathrooms of every cabin.  We are hoping to shingle the roofs of the remaining cabins that were not completed last year.

Two separate groups held memorial services on Nungesser Lake this year.  Signs have been placed in their loved one’s memory.  Our oldest person in camp this year was ninety six year old Grama who came out to say good bye to her son. 

We had a special visitor come to camp and he allowed us to take pictures of him with the kids.  Thanks so much to Santa Bob for being such a good sport.  Thanks to the kids that week for posing with him for our Facebook page. 

We had an excellent bear hunt this year with all nine of our hunters being successful.  Our new areas and stands are paying off with many locations being hit the first day that bait was put out.  We had two uniquely colored bears come in on the baits and get picked up on the trail cameras.  The cinnamon striped bear was harvested but the “skunk” looking bear is still around for one lucky hunter next year.

Also, a variety of animals were seen including a caribou, a couple of rabbits and two bears fighting.  Pictures can be seen on our Facebook page.

We have had several inquiries about bear hunting next season so if you are interested we still have a few spots available. 

Doug went out moose hunting on Nungesser Lake with three of his four sons and a nephew and they saw five moose but not the right kind for their tags.  That is hunting!

For the first time we will be attending the Duluth Boat, Sports, Travel and RV show from February 18 to 22, 2015 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.  You can check out the show by going to www.shamrockprod.com. 

For the second year, we will be attending the Ford Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show held at the Indiana State Fair Grounds but ONLY for the dates of February 26 to March 1, 2015, during the Deer, Turkey and Waterfowl portion of the show. More information can be obtained at www.indianapolisboatsportandtravelshow.com

Once again we will be at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sport show which is on March 4 to 8, 2015 and you can check out the show by going to www.milwuakeesportsshow.com and following the links. This is being held at the Wisconsin State Fair Park Exposition Center in West Allis, Wisconsin. 

We have new brochures printed and if you would like a copy please let us know and we will send you one. 

There will be no price increase for the 2015 season.  The rates shown on the web site of www.nungesserlake.com are what will be charged. 

The Opening day of fishing season is May 15, 2015, with the first week being May 14 to 22, 2015.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions that you may have. 

We will be away off and on throughout the winter until we begin to attend Sport shows starting mid February 2015, but can always be contacted either by calling our cell phone number of 1-807-728-2368 or e-mailing to our address of info@nungesserlake.com

If you know of someone who may be interested in receiving this newsletter please let us know or forward it on.

Doug and Cathy

Spring 2014

Hello to you from Nungesser Lake Lodge 2008 Ltd.

The spring and summer of 2013 arrived late with stress inducing worries of ice out prior to opening week.  We may very well be in that position again for 2014.  Red Lake has experienced what was determined to be the coldest month of November this century.  Into December it never improved with school bus and airplane cancellations and airport closures.  And it has continued all the way into March with more records being broken to include more than minus 40 before the “brisk” winds.  When the temperatures improved we got anywhere between four and eight inches of snow at one time.  The snow banks in our driveway are over 8 feet high. There is serious concern about the health and welfare of wild animals with the temperatures and high snow.  Over all the snow is at least four feet deep.  That being said because the snow is so deep it has an insulating factor and the ice may go out quickly once it gets going. 

From our travels around different states in the US it looks like they didn’t fare any better.  We have heard talk of propane and natural gas shortages as well as municipalities running out of sand, salt and snow plowing budget.  Frozen water lines have become an issue in quite a few different cities, towns and municipalities with the frost having been driven more than a yard deeper than normal.  The school kids have had so many missed days that they are going to have to find out ways to make up for lost time.  Different school districts are finding different ways of doing this.

We attended the Chicagoland Fishing, Travel and Outdoor Expo in the Schaumburg Convention Center on January 23 to 26, 2014 and it was brutally cold there too. Thank you to everyone who bundled up to come out and see us.  On the way home from that show we woke up in Virginia, Minnesota to minus 51. 

After that show we went to the Ford Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show held at the Indiana State Fair Grounds from February 14 to 23, 2014.  They had an all-time high attendance record for the second weekend.  It was a 10 day show and in the 11 days we were there we experienced enough snow to send the school kids home and have people leave work early, one day of 59 degrees, a tornado warning and freezing rain.  We thank everyone who took the time to come and visit with us or join us for a meal. 

We once again went to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sport show which is on March 5 to 9, 2014 that is held at the Wisconsin State Fair Park Exposition Center in West Allis, Wisconsin.  The weather was not so bad, but the wind certainly had a bite to it.  There was also a wonderful attendance to this show as there has been in years past.  Thanks again to everyone who drove for hours to spend time with us. 

Questions regarding passport requirements have been brought up many times at all the shows. The best information that we have come up with is if you are a citizen of the United States, you do not need a passport to enter Canada.  However, you should carry proof of your citizenship, such as a birth certificate, certificate of citizenship or naturalization, as well as photo identification. If you are a permanent resident of Canada or the U.S, you should bring your Permanent Resident Card with you.

However, it states that all US citizens must present a passport book, passport card, or other WHTI-compliant document for entry into the U.S. by land and water. Children under age 16 will be able to continue crossing land and sea borders using only a U.S. birth certificate or other form of U.S. citizenship such as a naturalization certificate. See the Department of Homeland Security's Ready, Set, Go! for more information on the changing travel requirements.

The passport card will facilitate entry and expedite document processing at U.S. land and sea ports-of-entry when arriving from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda. The card may not be used to travel by air. It will otherwise carry the rights and privileges of the U.S. passport book and will be adjudicated to the exact same standards.  

Final document requirements for travel by land and water were implemented on June 1, 2009. More information can be obtained by visiting the US Department of State at www.travel.state.gov or the Canadian Border Services Agency.  The Border Service Agency information is available on our web site www.nungesserlake.com under the “Plan your Trip” category.  

Doug will be officially retired from Moffatt Supply on April 30, 2014.  He will be full time out at camp this season.  We will still be going into town on Mondays so will ask everyone on Sunday evening if they have a grocery order.  We will be stocking basic supplies at camp if someone has forgotten something or run out of an item. 

A new boat cache into Farrer Lake has been granted to us.  There will be a path to the lake where our guests can access two boats with motors for a day of catch and release fishing.  It has been years since anyone has fished this lake so it should have some major walleye and northern action.  

There will be a price increase of the 25 HP motor insurance from $40 per week to $50 per week. All other prices remain the same.  Due to the Canadian dollar’s recent decline the US exchange is now in your favor for the first time in several years.  This should make a noticeable decline in your travel expenses.  At present the exchange is $1 US equals $1.11 Canadian.  Every indication is that this shall remain for some time.  

Four new 18 foot Alumarine, split seat boats have been ordered and will arrive at the beginning of the season.

 We are planning on going onto the lake and refurbishing the picnic areas as time allows. 

The new sets of cupboards to be put into cabins 1 and 2 are ready and will be installed early in the year. 

The coin operated washer and dryer will be available for use right away.  The machines take Canadian dollar coins (loonies) and we will have change up at the house.  The washer will be $5.00 and the dryer $3.00.  We do have soap powder and dryer sheets for sale at $1.50 each.  

Cabins 5, 6, 8 and the staff quarters are all slated for getting new roofs and rain gutters this year. 

The first week (August 15 to 22) of bear hunting has the maximum amount of people, but there is still room the following weeks.  We had plenty of interest in the bear hunting at our sports shows so please let us know if you would like to come.  We have purchased 4 new stands and will be trying other areas in our newly extended range.  The cinnamon bear that we have been watching for two years is still around! 

There is a two year pilot project in several wildlife management areas to try and re-instate the Spring Bear Hunt into Ontario.  None of these areas are close to us.  Once this study is complete there may be further movement towards an open hunt for all.  Until that time we are still restricted to a fall only hunt. 

The Opening day of fishing season is May 17, 2014, with the first week being May 16 to 23, 2014. 

Please feel free to contact us with any questions that you may have. 

If you know of someone who may be interested in receiving this newsletter please let us know or forward it on. Our e-mail address is info@nungesserlake.com. 

Fall 2013

Hello to you from  Nungesser Lake Lodge 2008 Ltd

Opening week was a stressful one as the ice did not leave the lake until May 17 and not all parts were open until a couple of days after that. Many groups cancelled out and came later on in the year as there was no assurance that they wouldn’t be travelling many, many miles just to sit in the cabins and not be able to go out.   The one morning we woke up to ice clogging our bay as the wind had changed during the night and pushed it all in on us.      

A large, new sign for the river landing at the road was commissioned from Burton Penner of Vermilion Bay and we think he did a great job.  He also did two other signs for the second river landing and in camp. You can see more of his art work at www.canada-dogsled.com.   

Cabins 1 through 5 all got new shingles on their roofs this year.  Rain gutters were installed on all of the roofs that we have replaced in the last two years, as well as the fish house, cabins 7 and 9.  Cabins 6, 8 and the staff quarters are all slated for getting new roofs next year.   

Cabin 3 got a new kitchen installed and we have ordered sets of cupboards to be put into cabins 1 and 2 for the beginning of 2014.  Pictures of the finished project can be seen on our Facebook page.   

The coin operated washer and dryer finally went into operation about a month before the end of season.  Next year they will be available for use right away.   

Major changes have been made to the Nungesser Lake Lodge web site with more information, pages, menus and pictures.  Many thanks to our administrator (Doug’s much, much younger brother) for making the site look great!

The new room safes and kitchen shelving units were well received and many people told us they were happy to have no more Mercury motors at camp.  Four new 18 foot, split seat boats have been ordered and will arrive at the beginning of the new season. 

There is new Youtube video. You can check it out by clicking this link, going on our web site and Facebook page or go onto Youtube and type in “Doug Van Dusen” and “Heavy Duty Can Crusher”.  It explains about the unit that was designed and made to crush our recyclable cans.  The can crusher project was two years in the making and after several modifications is now running smoothly. 

The week that the bear hunters arrived turned out to be one of the hottest of the year.  Day time temperatures were into the 90’s and with high humidity, it did not even cool off very much after dark.  Three of the five managed to get their animals.  Between the heat and the bumper blueberry crop it was a tough go.  The nice cinnamon bear that we see on our trail cameras is still in the area.   

Six tree stands have been built in our new bear management area across the lake and we are anxious to try them out next year.   

Some of the strangest catches this season include a rock, an old Evinrude 20 HP motor cover from the 70’s and a 40 inch Northern that wrapped itself into the line of a marker buoy.  Photographic evidence was produced so we know it wasn’t a “fish tale”.   

Doug was away for the moose hunting season but his sons and nephew managed to get a nice bull.  When we went up to check things out at camp this weekend and there is about four inches of snow up at Nungesser already while the town of  Red Lake only has a light dusting on the grass. 

For the first time we will be attending the Chicagoland Fishing, Travel and Outdoor Expo in the Schaumburg Convention Center on January 23 to 26, 2014.    Further information for this show can be found at www.sportshows.com/chicago/.   We had attended the All Canada sport show in St. Charles for five years and it was time to try a different one.   

Also for the first time we will be attending the Ford Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show held at the Indiana State Fair Grounds from February 14 to 23, 2014.  We have never attended a 10 day show before so are interested to see how it works out.  More information can be obtained at www.indianapolisboatsportandtravelshow.com

Once again we will be at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sport show which is on March 5 to 9, 2014 and you can check out the show by going to www.milwuakeesportsshow.com and following the links. This is held at the Wisconsin State Fair Park Exposition Center in West Allis, Wisconsin. 

The Opening day of fishing season is May 17, 2014, with the first week being May 16 to 23, 2014.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions that you may have.  We have been away but now should be home until we begin to attend Sport shows starting January 2014.   

If you know of someone who may be interested in receiving this newsletter please let us know or forward it on. Our e-mail address is info@nungesserlake.com.

Spring 2013

Hello to you from Nungesser Lake Lodge 2008 Ltd.!

The winter of 2012 – 2013 has been quite memorable.  If it wasn’t minus 40 (same on both scales) it has been plus 5 (your 40 degrees).  Although it hovered at minus 40 for more than two weeks sometimes it would take just a couple of days to go from one temperature extreme to the other and back.  We have more than five feet of snow here so low water this spring shouldn’t be a problem. Last year in March we had unseasonably high temperatures of up to plus 23 (73 F) so this is more like we are used to. 

In November Doug and I went to Las Vegas to stimulate their local economy and to hear the “Eagles” play as my 50th Birthday present.  We took a side trip to Santa Monica and enjoyed every minute of the warm weather walking down the pier and the shopping on the 3rd street promenade. 

In January we attended our last year at the St. Charles All Canada Sport show.  There were far less booths and quite a few less people attending the event as in previous years.  We will be looking around for other shows to attend during that time period.  Shortly after we got home from that we headed back out to the Fiji Island of Vanua Levu with another couple.  If you ever get a chance to go to the Koro Sun Resort in the town of Savu Savu you are sure to have a wonderful experience, we highly recommend them. 

The trip we quite unforgettable and the scenery was beautiful with many different shades of green. On the boat out on the ocean on our dolphin tour Doug commented that the motor was not running properly.  On the way back from chasing the elusive mammals and snorkeling we ran out of gas, Doug the mechanic was right.  Good thing there were two boats out that day as we had to be towed quite a long ways in.  There was some concern that the tow boat would also run out of gas before heading to land.  No life jackets, satellite phone or paddles on board.   

We did go deep sea fishing and caught several types of fish.  A little different technique and bait than at Nungesser but we managed quite well all the same.  One person on our plane decided that she liked the ocean fish well enough to take some back in her suitcase.  After an 11 hour flight from Nadi Island to Los Angeles, the heat and various other delays, the fish did not fare so well.  Some other people’s baggage was affected also.  We stayed overnight in LA and attended one of the first NHL games after the strike with the Ducks slamming the Kings 7 to 4.

The Iowa Deer Classic was well attended.  Many of the people coming in were very happy to hear that we had been approved for a brand new bear management area on the north shore of Nungesser Lake.  All of the tags that we were given for that new area have been sold for this year.  Our present bear management area has been extended with eight new tags given and some of those are still available.  So many people have inquired about a hunting only package with no fishing involved that we are now offering this as well.  Pricing is available on-line. We will be coming back to this show next year. 

After checking with our insurance company we are still able to provide permanent stands for bear hunters to use in our areas as long as they bring the appropriate safety gear and harness and we supply an orientation on proper hunting safety and procedures. 

In between the Iowa Deer Classic and the last sport show there was just enough time to visit a friend in Iberia, Missouri where Doug has gone turkey hunting many times.  Wally is 94 years young and doing very well for his age.  Generally that time of year it is quite beautiful with the flowers blooming and the grass green but everything was coved in snow.

The snow followed us to Milwaukee causing closures and accidents all along the way.  It seemed like storms have followed us on every trip down from January on.  The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sport Show was also very well attended with the Saturday being the highest attendance in over five years.  We will be coming back to this show next year. Thank you to everyone who contacted, stopped in to visit or went out to dinner with us at all three shows. 

The 2013 walleye fishing season opens May 18 with our first guests coming in on May 17, 2013.  There are still various openings available and changes all the time so please contact us if the opportunity to come fishing or hunting arises.  If anyone in your group has a pleasure craft operator’s card please have them bring that with them.  The Mercury motors have now been completely phased out and all the Yamahas will be three years or less.  Many of you will be happy to hear this!  Especially Mike and Jeff!!

There are shingles waiting to be put up on the roofs of Cabins 1, 2 and 3.  Cabin 3 is also getting a new set of cupboards to replace the impractical ones.  Each cabin will have its own lock box so you can lock up your valuables.  There will be no charge for this unless you lose the key.  The coin operated washing machine and dryer will be up and running and supplies will be available for purchase. 

By the time you get this there should be major changes to be seen on the web-site.  We are visiting with the web master and his family (who happens to be Doug’s youngest brother) in Phoenix and finally bringing him the information to make the changes. 

One big change that you will notice when you cross the border into Canada is that the penny has been discontinued.  Invoices paid for by check, debit or credit card will be unaffected.  If paying by cash your prices will be rounded up or down to the nearest five cent increment.  This will happen after applicable sales taxes have been implemented.  For example something costing $1.88 will be rounded up to $1.90.  If it is $1.86 it will be rounded down to $1.85. 

If you know of someone who may be interested in receiving this newsletter please let us know or forward it on. Our e-mail address is info@nungesserlake.com. We will be at our home number of 1-807-727-2028 until May 6, 2013 and then out at the camp 1-647-478-2904 after that so please feel free to contact us at either number.  You may also try our cell phone at 807-728-2368.

 

Fall 2012

Hello to you from Nungesser Lake Lodge 2008 Ltd.

Thank you to everyone for making 2012 our best year for guest numbers since purchasing the camp in 2008. It and all of us have certainly changed since then and all for the better! Now, if only the US exchange would improve out of the negative side all would be very well.

Nungesser had the earliest ice out of April 7, 2012 that anyone can remember. We were there that weekend revamping the Lodge cabin and couldn’t believe how fast it went. Over forty rock markers where put out by us and one of the other Lodges on the lake and this helped considerably with keeping the number of lower units damaged down. Only four this year compared to thirteen last year. By no means where all hazards marked but we covered the most “popular” ones. Also, a prop and lower unit check list similar to renting a car was introduced this year and this was well received.

The weather at the beginning of the season was pretty cold and rainy and one of the week’s groups only got to go out fishing for two and a half days because of the blowing wind and rain. Things changed later on when we really heated up. Not as much as some of the States but quite warm for us. People let us know that they were so happy to come up to our “cool” 85 plus degree weather.

The Lodge cabin remodel was completed over the winter and people liked and enjoyed the changes that were made. No longer do people feel they are being punished when put there but are now asking for this particular cabin. Later on in the season a new shingled roof was put on both the TV room and cabin side. All the bedrooms in the Lodge and Cabin 9 have been painted.

Doug built a greenhouse up the hill by our house out of scrap lumber and windows. Despite seeding late we still got all kinds of legal plants such as beets, beans, cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes. We purchased and barged in a second white truck which will be converted next year to haul luggage. It is an extendacab so it will help bring in people as well.

Due to all the bad weather and wind earlier this year we had divers come and untangle the metal chains that hold down the fronts of the docks. They brought up several lawn chairs, minnow buckets and all sorts of other items while under water.

The oldest guest we had this year was 88 years old. He didn’t quite make it through the whole week but we were happy that he picked our camp to come to as this is where he asked his son to bring him. The biggest Northern caught that was reported to us was a 50 incher by Danny Holloway close to the end of season.

The longest and most brilliant display of Northern Lights we saw all year was during the week when we had only two guests in camp.

Nungesser Lake Lodge has a new Youtube video thanks to Tourism Red Lake association. You can check it out by going on www.tourismredlake.ca or go to Google or some other search engine and copy the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcwhjwNaiAE&feature=plcp

The trail from the river into camp was in great shape this year due to the hard work of our staff and the use of the tractor, many people commented on it. We had a trail camera on and saw tracks of caribou, deer and one wolf but never did get a picture. We did have a camp fox for a while but he must have found a better area elsewhere.

Three of our hunters had success by taking all males bears the first day. Two of them went back out the next day just to do some taping and got some awesome footage at the stands.

Not one single bear wondered through or came into camp this year. This is the first time that this has happened to us since our taking over. I know that this was a disappointment to some of you (right Jon?) but we were glad for it.

There was a heavy, wet early snow on October 4 and this damaged a lot of the trees in the river and on the trail to camp. After many hours of cutting Doug and his boys went hunting at their cabin on the other end of the lake and had success by bringing in two calf moose. Thirteen moose were seen over all. This same storm caused a power outage in the Red Lake area which lasted over 30 hours.

Many changes have been planned for the 2013 season. Shingles for Cabins 1, 2 and 3 have been purchased and will be put up. Room safes will be installed in each cabin for the people who used to ask us to hold their belongings for them. There will be a $20 charge only if the key is lost. Coin operated washer and dryer will be available for use. We now have a scale for the bear hunter’s use so there will be no more “guestimating”.

Our winter projects include making bed side tables and larger shelves to store items as well as a new set of cupboards for Cabin 3. There will also be changes and updates on our web site shortly. We have ordered 12 new Yamaha motors and one G3 boat so there will be no more Merc’s left anywhere in camp.

The Super 8 hotel in Red Lake is now complete with 65 rooms and reservation information can be obtained either by going on line at www.super8.com or calling them directly at 807-727-8888. There are several other options in Red Lake and area and this should help accommodate everyone needing a place to stay the night prior to heading to camp.

We will be attending the All Canada, St. Charles Sport Show from January 10 to 13, 2013. Further information for this show can be found at www.allcanada.com. We are at the same booth as in other years.

March 1 to 3, 2013 we will be once again attending the Iowa Deer Classic in Des Moines. You can check out www.iowashows.com to find out more information. As we only have a couple of days between shows we are wanting to visit with one of Doug’s hunting friends at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. He is 94 years old so are hoping that he continues to be well so we can spend some time with him. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sport show is on March 6 to 10, and you can check out the show by going to www.milwuakeesportsshow.com and following the links.

The Opening day of fishing season is May 18, 2013, with the first week being May 17 to 24. There will be no price increase for the 2013 season.

When our computer had its melt down earlier this year we lost a lot of e-mail addresses. If you know of someone who may be interested in receiving this newsletter please let us know or forward it on. .Our e-mail address is info@nungesserlake.com.

Thank you!!

Spring 2012

Hello to you from Nungesser Lake Lodge 2008 Ltd.

By the end of the 2011 season the water was the lowest we have ever seen it. Because of the lack of rain and hot weather the lake level dropped about four feet lower than normal. It is possible to walk in between the two docks for about 10 feet of beach in front of the deck of the fish cleaning house. There hasn’t been much snow so the lake levels could continue to be low in the spring unless we get a large amount of rain early in the season. We will be marking as many hazards as we can prior to the opening of fishing.

In early October Cathy flew to Switzerland and hiked around in the Saanen area for 8 days. In November Doug and a friend tried Elk hunting in Montana. Both of us ended up with the same thing – wonderful pictures of beautiful landscape and scenery. The weather turned so warm that the elk that had been migrating down the mountain started heading back up. It was not for lack of trying, Doug and his horse “Quigley” went up as far as 7,500 feet looking for the animals, but came home empty handed.

In December we went on a Cruise through the Caribbean. We stopped at several islands and would like to go back to some in the future for a greater length of time. Lucky for us we didn’t capsize, get stranded, catch fire or fall over board as other cruise ships have been reported about in the news lately.

In January we went to the All Canada Sport Show in St. Charles and it was fairly well attended. They had hardly any snow and on the drive down we even heard news of a grass fire in the area. The first day of the show it snowed fairly heavily, but by the next day quite a few people had shoveled out and came by.

Also in January Doug and Cathy flew up to Dawson Creek (Mile Zero of the Alaska Highway) for Cathy’s youngest daughter’s Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Graduation ceremony at the Northern Lights College. The weather was plus 6 C (43 F) which we hear is very unusual for that time of year there.

In February we went to the Iowa Deer Classic in Des Moines and that show was very well attended. There was also not much snow to speak of until the day before we arrived. The sides of the interstate showed many places where people had skidded off the road. While there we noticed that the price of gas has drastically increased, to date the price of gas in Canada has maintained the same level as before. Hopefully, this remains so! On the way home we moved just ahead of a weather watch or blizzard warning through several States.

In March, for the first time ever, we will be attending the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sport Show.

Opening Day this year is May 19 with people coming in on May 18, 2012. If you have your valid green outdoor card please bring it with you as the system for its use is finally up and running. If you need to renew it you can do so on-line by going to www.mnr.gov.on.ca and following the information for non-Canadian residents. This should save you a considerable amount of time at the license outlets and is highly recommended, you will also find a fee schedule and other valuable information on there. You must still get all licenses prior to coming into camp.

Another useful web site is the Canada Border Services Agency at www.cbsa.gc.ca for any questions on DUI’s , what identification information is needed, what you are allowed to bring over and back and how much. Please keep in mind a valid passport is required to get back into the States. If you have a child in your group who is crossing without both parents we recommend having a letter of permission from the missing parent.

If you are bringing your own trolling motor to camp you will also need to bring or rent a battery that is in addition to the one on the motor. We ran into trouble with this last year and doing this should solve any problems.

Bookings for fishing are changing all the time so if there is a specific week that you would like but was full before please get a hold of us to see if anything has opened up.

Bear season starts August 15, 2012 and we have several people interested but there are still a few openings available. That cinnamon cub that we have been watching for two years should be of a good size now.

We are in the process of gutting and renovating the Lodge cabin attached to the TV room. The bedrooms and bathrooms will all be moved around and all will now have a window. Pictures are available on-line on Facebook as we get things completed.

If you know of someone who may be interested in receiving this newsletter please let us know or forward it on. Our e-mail address is info@nungesserlake.com. We will be at our home number of 1-807-727-2028 until May 6, 2012 and then out at the camp 1-647-478-2904 after that so please feel free to contact us at either number.

Fall 2011

Hello to you from Nungesser Lake Lodge 2008 Ltd.

The 2011 Season has come and gone and it seemed to go by really fast. The weather was warmer than usual and we had very few bugs. Due to the lack of rain we had many forest fires around the region and several days when the smoke was thick and the air hazy. Also, partly due to the lack of rain the water in the lake is unusually low this year. By the end of season we had gone through more than thirteen lower units.

It was also fairly warm the week of August that we had bear hunters but both were successful and very happy with their animal. The largest walleye for the season was brought in the week of July 8 to 15, 2011 and measured thirty one inches. We have a few pictures of big northern’s but nothing official for size. Several groups have told us that this year was the best fishing they have ever had, right from the first week to the end.

During the last week of season we had terrible weather where it was cold, rainy, and windy, it may have even snowed a little, a real challenge. Sorry, Troy and crew! Of course, the week after it turned warm again and the week in October that Doug went moose hunting the weather was almost too warm. He and his boys did manage to bring down a nice bull.

The 950 John Deere tractor that we bought last Fall sure turned out to be useful. The trail has never looked better, stumps are now pulled out with ease and taking out the docks, which used to be an all day event, took under an hour.

The siding on the house has FINALLY been completed, and we are working towards other projects. The entire endeavour took the help of many people, father-in-law, two brothers-in-law, two sisters, several staff members from staining the actual siding to everything put up. Cathy’s daughter Carolyn, who is taking Aircraft Maintenance Engineering in Dawson Creek, did a work placement for the months of July and August at Red Lake Seaplane Service and came on the weekends to stain windows and help with the finishing touches.

Winter projects we have in mind include completely renovating the Lodge cabin in order to get rid of that small, hot bedroom and to make the space more efficient. We will be posting pictures on Facebook as we go along.

The HST forms, which presented a problem last year, are now being successfully reimbursed. You can get more information by going to www.cra-arc.gc.ca and finding form GST-115. All the instructions are on that site. If you did not keep your receipt please contact me for a replacement.

The newly finished Deluxe Cabin 9 was heavily used this year and we got some fine compliments on it. We will be making some changes that had been suggested to us and they will be completed for the 2012 season. There still a few weeks that this particular cabin is available.

The ice machine died during the hottest week of July. We had a technician try to revive it (he spent all day) but ended up purchasing a new one. That one worked fine for about a month and then had to get the new one fixed too. There was something wrong with it right from the factory. We sent Justin into town that day to get ice for everyone to use and there was a power outage in the Red Lake area so he ran around and cleaned various stores out before they closed their doors. We ended up delivering ice via airplane out to groups on the lake.

The old minnow chiller also couldn’t keep up with the heat so we ended up replacing that as well. So far, everything else seems to be able to keep up and is working, or has already been replaced.

We will be attending the All Canada, St. Charles Sport Show from January 12 to 15, 2012. Further information for this show can be found at www.allcanada.com. We are at the same booth as in other years.

February 24 to 26, 2012 we will be once again attending the Iowa Deer Classic in Des Moines. Attendance was amazing this year and we are hoping for the same next year. You can check outwww.iowashows.com to find out more information.

We may be doing a presentation again in March at the Crystal Bar and Grill in Mora, Minnesota. We are not sure exactly when but we will be advertising once more in the same newspapers we did last time. If we end up doing something different we will post it on Facebook and advertise in the local area newspapers.

We are also looking into alternatives for the frustrating phone system. If there will be any changes we will be contacting you by e-mail to let you know and posting it on the web site and on Facebook.

The Opening day of fishing season is May 19, 2012, with the first week being May 18 to 25. The effective prices have been posted on our web site.

There are a few bear hunting spots still available. As well, there are some weeks that we have room for fishing parties. Bookings change from time to time so if there was a particular week that you were interested in please check to see if any openings have come up.

If you know of someone who may be interested in receiving this newsletter please let us know or forward it on. Our e-mail address is info@nungesserlake.com.

Spring 2011

Hello to you from Nungesser Lake Lodge 2008 Ltd.

The winter has been quite interesting this year. Just when we get the last batch of snow cleared off there is another half a foot to a foot or more dumped on us. We hear from people in several States that this is happening to them as well. Because of all the layers of snow the ice on the lakes is in terrible condition for snow machining with massive amounts of slush and less than normal amounts of ice. This technically should mean early open water, but we have been fooled before.

This March has been especially all over the place with -33 degrees (same) one day and then +1 (33 degrees) two days later. There has been rain mixed in with the snow as well. Hard to know what is going to greet you when you open the door in the morning. With all the snow that we have had one has to assume that this will mean higher water at Nungesser in the Spring. How high is unknown but it has got to be more than we had last year at the beginning of the season.

Late fall, last year we bought a new-to-us 950 John Deere tractor. With it came all kinds of accessories including a snow blower (which has gotten lots of use), box scraper, post hole auger, brush axe, lawn mower and back hoe attachments with two buckets. This will be most useful for various chores throughout the camp. Our apologies to Lee – hopefully next year we will get to that pontoon boat, it is on the list!

At the beginning of 2011 we attended the All Canada, St. Charles Sport Show. The number of people that came through was about average for that show. We appreciate the time it takes for our guests to come and visit us there.

The end of January we went to the Island of Tortola with friends and enjoyed some sunshine and lack of shoveling. The ten days that we were gone saw the airports in various cities (Chicago, Dallas) in the US shut down due to bad weather and snow but by the time we headed for home it had all cleared up.

In February we attended the Iowa Deer Classic in Des Moines. This location had been suggested by several guests and boy, where they right. Upwards of 40,000 people came through the doors that weekend. There was a lot of interest in our Lodge (especially the bear hunting) and we had a great visit with several guests from that area. It is nice to meet some of the wives that we give a break to once a year! The show was successful in that Doug and a friend booked an Elk and Mule deer hunt in Montana for November. This is something that he has wanted to do for quite some time.

In March we decided to do something yet a little more different by putting up our booth at the Crystal Bar & Grill in Mora, Minnesota and having an Open house there. The owners, Jim and Beth, are friends and repeat customers and speak very highly of our Lodge. The Friday afternoon was busy with talking to people of all ages during the lunch and dinner crowds.

On Saturday afternoon the bar was packed with people attending an indoor fishing contest. It is great to be able to swap fishing tales with so many avid fishing enthusiasts. Several hundred people came for prizes, minnow races and a bake walk. Proceeds went to benefit the Kanabec Agricultural Society and the Women’s Anglers of Minnesota.

The Opening day of fishing season is May 21, 2011 (a week later than last year) and this is still causing a bit of scheduling confusion. If you haven’t already heard from us please contact us to verify your date and deposit details.

Being the computer phobic people that we are, we have just recently downloaded the Google Earth program. Thank you to “Hammer24” for the beautiful picture of the sunrise right off the end of our dock.

For those of you who usually stop at the Village Corner in Vermilion Bay, Ontario we have spoken to the owner. She advises that they will not be open for business this year, probably the entire season. They are still speaking with the insurance people and are considering all their options.

Cabin 9 is getting finished off weekend by weekend and is ready for guests. Just needs the final touches of trim, paint, etc. Progress can be checked out on Facebook.

In a couple of weeks Doug and a guest will be staying there and trying out an ice fishing adventure. This is something that we are considering offering on a regular basis in the next two or three years so we want to make sure of details before adding it to our brochures. We will keep you posted.

There are a few bear hunting spots still available. As well, there are some weeks that we have room for fishing parties. Bookings change from time to time so if there was a particular week that you were interested in please check to see if any openings have come up.

The rising price of gas is worrisome and if it continues to be high or increase even more by spring we will have to consider our options. We will check with others in the industry to see what they are doing in response to this issue.

If you know of someone who may be interested in receiving this newsletter please let us know or forward it on. Our e-mail address is info@nungesserlake.com. We will be at our home number of 1-807-727-2028 until May 7, 2011 and then out at the camp 1-647-478-2904 after that so please feel free to contact us at either number.

Spring 2010

Hello to you from Nungesser Lake Lodge 2008 Ltd.

We had originally planned to take a trip to Missouri at the end of the 2009 season so Doug could go turkey hunting. Instead, we ended up heading to Big Pine Lake in Minnesota to visit friends and then on to have a look around South and North Dakota.
We checked out the Bad Lands, Mount Rushmore, the Crazy Horse Monument, Rushmore Caves, various other tourist attractions and of course a winery (or two) that offered taste testing. Beautiful area! On our way out of South Dakota we ended up in the middle of a snow storm so we felt right at home.

In January we attended the St. Charles, Illinois, All Canada show and it was great to see so many of you who come to visit us. Overall attendance at that show was dramatically better than last year, the milder weather may have contributed to that.

In February we went to St. Lucia and got married. After five years together and two years running the camp without killing each other we decided it was right.

Red Lake area has had record breaking (to as far back as 1968) temperatures for the beginning of the month of March – setting several new highs. The little snow we had all melted, but we got some back a couple of days ago. There is not enough snow left in the bush to use a snow machine. Temperatures are now more of what we expect for this time of year, right around 20 degrees.

There will be NO rate increase – the same rates from 2008 when we took over will still apply. Reservations are changing all the time so please feel contact us. There are still several bear hunting tags available and the price remains the same but now includes your bear license and export permit fee – a $235 value. The stands have been improved and the new trail cameras are part of the many upgrades for bear hunting.

If you have been fishing in Canada in the last two years you should have received your plastic Outdoor Card. Please remember to bring this with you as this is part of your fishing license. Licenses still need to be purchased prior to heading out to camp.

Also, if you happen to have a Pleasure Craft Operators card from your State, bring that as well. If you do not have one of these we will have to go over a quick form. Everyone who may be driving the boat will need that to be kept with your fishing license.

We have purchased five new Yamaha G3 V170 Guide boats to replace the aging Misty Rivers. They will still have the 40 HP Mercury motors on them, and you should really be able to notice a difference now.

The 16 and 18 foot boats have their floors and decks replaced.

There will be an array of new Logo items including T-shirts for men, ladies and children as well as jewelry and other items for sale this year.

The telephone system at camp is the same as last year as is the phone number: 1-647-478-2904. The satellite system provider assures us that the quality, sound and clarity of the phone has increased and any issues should have been resolved. This number needs to be called once you have gotten your licenses and last minute items and are ready to head out. Please leave a time that you called when you leave the message. Many businesses in town will be happy to phone us on your behalf to let us know you are on your way.

We are at the Northwest Sport show in Minneapolis from March 24 to 28, 2010. Quite a few people have indicated that they would be coming to visit us here too.

There are very few openings available for June and July, August and September have more for you to choose from.

Check us out on Facebook – we have opened a page off of our web site. Have a look around or add one of your photos. We welcome your input.

If you know of anyone who may be interested in receiving this newsletter please let us know at info@nungesserlake.com or forward it on. We will be at our home number of 1-807-727-2028 until the beginning of May so feel free to contact us at that number. It won’t be long now . . . . Your adventure awaits.